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$2.16 billion Coomera Connector motorway taking shape

It’s been nearly one year since work began on stage one of Queensland’s biggest single road project, the $2.16 billion Coomera Connector motorway –here’s where things are at.

Constriction on the Coomera Connector Stage 1 North package is nearly complete, with over 80 per cent of piling works on both the new, nearly one-kilometre long Coomera River bridge and Coomera overflow bridge, with 148 piles installed to date.

In that time, the project team has started bridge girder installation with 16 of the almost 500 girders installed on the new Coomera River bridge.

Extensive ground improvement works are also underway, including the installation of close to 3500 controlled modulus columns across the project, to stabilise and reinforce the ground.

Additionally, over two kilometres of new drainage infrastructure is now in place, with more than 2000 workers inducted to the construction site.

Construction of the Coomera Link Road upgrade (Shipper Drive and Foxwell Road) is also underway.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Bart Mellish said the project would result in benefits for a wide range of road users.

“It’s one year in for this incredibly important project and I am so pleased to see this wonderful new motorway taking shape,” Mellish said.

“This project is vital to the region’s future and is one of the largest infrastructure projects we have underway.

“The Coomera Connector, or Second M1, is going to be a game-changer for commuters to and from the Gold Coast, anticipated to take 60,000 cars a day off the M1.

“It will be a key link in South East Queensland’s future transport network and will not only ease congestion between our two major cities, but will improve how Gold Coast residents move around their neighbourhoods.”

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